Constituting context: organic farming and the provision of public goods

P. Swagemakers, M.D. Dominguez Garcia, X. Simón Fernández

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Abstract

In this paper we apply a dynamics perspective on how organic farmers incorporate the natural resource base and new consumer networks into their daily activities. Based on case study research among farmers in Galicia (Spain), we analyze how access to land is arranged, what cow breeds are used and how labour-input is organized, and more in general how endogenous development patterns increasingly are transformed into new and often stable relations with the outside world. We assess the multiple outputs related to food production and discuss the multifunctional performance of the different organic dairy and cattle farmers involved. Our case study research enlightens how the Galician cattle breeders govern progress: how they guarantee the continuity of the farm business by the production of external tradeoffs, and how their business orientation embodies a prospect for sustainable development in Galicia more in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts of the 10th European IFSA Symposium, 01-04 July 2012, Aarhus, Denmark
Pages119-119
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th European IFSA Symposium; Producing and Reproducing Farming Systems, Aarhus, Denmark -
Duration: 1 Jul 20124 Jul 2012

Conference

Conference10th European IFSA Symposium; Producing and Reproducing Farming Systems, Aarhus, Denmark
Period1/07/124/07/12

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